Not So Far
September 19, 2011 Comments Off on Not So Far
25 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God here in the land.” 26 But Moses said, “That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? 27 We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, as he commands us.”28 Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the wilderness, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.”
There are instances in our life that on the surface seem good, but end up not being close to what God wants from us.
Moses had been asking Pharaoh for days to be able to offer sacrifices to God, finally Pharaoh agrees but under one condition – that they wouldn’t leave Egypt.
So why does that matter? Moses and Aaron were still going to get to sacrifice to God…Only problem, God didn’t want them to offer sacrifices around the Egyptians. What seemed like a good decision, would have been absolutely awful for Moses and Aaron.
What are the things in your life that are seemingly good, fun, or easy that are actually hurting you in the end? The devil likes to disguise his ways by giving us seemingly good things with faith-killing outcomes.
After so many lonely nights, a cute guy actually came up and talked to you after your campus ministry. He seems nice, even says He believes in God, but is secretly planning to use and abuse you. An attractive girl that puts bible verses all over her status’s seems to not be afraid to show what she believes in, problem is she could care less about her parents and plans to drag you down with her.
The bible tells us to guard our heart for a reason. The devil isn’t afraid to give us great opportunities as long as he can keep his leash on us. And God isn’t going to stop him either, God likes to see just how much we can trust Him and put our faith in His directions rather than our own. We aren’t expected to see the wolf in sheeps clothing from afar, but are expected to run at the first sight of teeth…Not wait around to see if they’re sharp or not.
Pharaoh wasn’t afraid to let Moses and Aaron sacrifice to God as long as they did it in Egypt on his circumstances.
Stand firm in your faith, know that God has a plan for you. You don’t have to settle for average or less than because God has so much more planned for you, even when you can’t see it.